Cycle of the Werewolf: A Novel
Cycle of the Werewolf: A Novel

Cycle of the Werewolf: A Novel

by Stephen King, Bernie Wrightson

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The classic masterpiece by #1 New York Times bestselling author Stephen King—illustrated by the legendary artist Bernie Wrightson!

Terror began in January—by the light of the full moon...

The first scream came from the snowbound railwayman who felt the werewolf’s fangs ripping at his throat. The next month there was a scream of ecstatic agony from the woman attacked in her cozy bedroom. Now scenes of unbelievable horror unfold each time the full moon shines on the isolated Maine town of Tarker’s Mills. No one knows who will be attacked next. But one thing is sure. When the full moon rises, a paralyzing fear sweeps through Tarker's Mills. For snarls that sound like human words can be heard whining through the wind. And all around are the footprints of a monster whose hunger cannot be sated...

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ISBN-13: 9781501141133
Publisher: Gallery
Publication date: 08/13/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 897
File size: 38 MB
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About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Institute, Elevation, The OutsiderSleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of WatchFinders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and an AT&T Audience Network original television series). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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Cycle of the Werewolf 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This book was made into a movie by Stephen King called SILVER BULLET. I read the book years ago, but the movie was way better
mainrun on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The text of the book wasn't too bad. It started very basic, not great, but picked up a lot towards the end. I hated the placement of drawings! They showed what was going to happen before it happened! Hate that, and is the reason for the one star.
Kskye on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yeah you know that movie depicting a different stage of life as a Buddhist monk (Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter¿ and Spring,) well Cycle of The Werewolf is ten times more exciting.I mean you¿re following a werewolf not a monk for one. Each chapter takes place on a full moon of one month (usually some kind of holiday) comprising a whole year of werewolf attacks, and forming a single narrative. The small town of Tarker¿s Mills, Maine doesn¿t know what hit them. Is it a wolf? A man? A man in costume? And the one eye witness is a kid, and no one wants to believe a story from a kid in this town despite their gut feelings.What I love is that the protagonist, Marty Coslaw turns out to be a ten year old boy in a wheelchair that everyone seems to treat in a patronizing sort of way. He¿s a paraplegic; he¿s not dumb despite people treating him differently. Except for his Uncle Al who buys him fireworks for the Fourth of July when the town cancels their usual celebration. Up until then we had six months of deaths: a railroad employee, a seamstress, a drifter, a small kid etc. Up until July the plot was sort of boring to be honest, but everything changes in the later half.In July Marty is able to take out one of the wolves eyes by throwing a packet of firecrackers in it¿s face (how cool is that?) Fearing some retaliation Marty¿s family sends him to Vermont for three months, and while he¿s gone law enforcement ignore his deposition and the killings keep happening (really?! He just told you the killer is walking around with one freakin¿ eye, and you choose to ignore that?) It gets really exciting in October, because when Marty returns and goes trick or treating he figures out who the werewolf is. And he is pretty courageous about it. Really, he seems like a boy on a mission. Unshakeable.This is like the rated R version of Home Alone, I mean no one believes him so he takes matters into his own ten year old hands. I won¿t spoil the ending by saying who the werewolf is but when he is human he has no memories of what he has done. Just evidence, a scratch here, a dream there¿an eye blasted out all of a sudden.The last six months of this story was when I began to notice the brilliance of Stephen King¿s storytelling. It painted the story, and drew me in. Now that it wasn¿t just following killings, but getting to the point of solving the problem, was it exciting. I didn¿t like all the deaths (although I was happy when a man slut, wife beating, librarian got the axe,) but I like that it did have a happily ever after of sorts.
CynDaVaz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good (and quick) read of the story which the movie Silver Bullet was based on. Didn't realize this was a short story when I first found it; a longer version would have been nice, but this was enjoyable nonetheless. Now I'm in the mood to watch the movie again. :-D
Anagarika-Sean on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was great. Better than a classic werewolf tale. I loved the artwork too.
LaurenGommert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I love King, but his short stories have never been my favorite. For me, King is at his best when he over analyzes, over writes, and over horrifies with his usual 500+ pages. This book just wasn't long enough to showcase King's writing. Good story...but anyone could haver written it. I'd still recommend it for a quick read.
Brandon.Law on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephen King is always entertaining. Ever time I finish a story of his, I marvel at the way he tells a tale. This short story is very good indeed, though short, it leaves you satisfied.
NKSCF on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An amazingly short novella/graphic novel, Cycle of the Werewolf follows a town in Maine as it suffers from the monthly visits of a werewolf, and the terror that follows. Starring an unlikely protagonist and an even unlikelier antagonist, the story shows all of the normal werewolf characteristics, while following a formula devoted to days that only fall on those during the (falsified for plot reasons) lunar calendar. A very fun story with an easy to follow plot, Cycle of the Werewolf is a great work of Stephen King, one of his easier ones to follow. Definitely worth five stars out of five.
Prop2gether on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This semi-graphic novel, which apparently started as a challenge to create a calendar, worked very well for me. Forced to be short and precise, King still manages to evoke the terror of a small town discovering it has a werewolf in its midst. The hero is a small boy and the villain, well, he's not. The illustrations are worth the price of the book and wow! this would have been a calendar that I bought.
jseger9000 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A novella that started as a calendar, Cycle of the Werewolf has got to have one of the most interesting backstories of any Stephen King work.King was challenged to write a story made up of twelve short chapters, one for each month. Each chapter would be paired with an illustration by Bernie Wrightson in a 'Stephen King Calendar'. As a result, each chapter had to be short.King tells of the year the small Maine town of Tarker's Mills spent under siege by a maniac who would kill under the full moon.The first few months are self contained scenes, showing what the werewolf was up to the night of the full moon. About half way through, we meet our hero, wheelchair bound Marty Coslaw, the first person to survive an attack.Marty manages not only to escape, but even manages to wound the wolf. The rest of the novel is spent setting the scene for Marty to take on the werewolf.This is a quick, short read. Due to the length, there isn't the depth of character you would get in a Stephen King novel, but he still manages in quick sketches to pull off characters that are better than you will find in most horror fiction.King's writing here is punchy and viceral, his use of the holidays marking certain months is fun, the discovery of the werewolf's identity is handled very well and Bernie Wrightson's illustrations (a remainder from the calendar origins) are fantastic. Easily one of the best werewolf tales I've read.
StefanY on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Cycle of the Werewolf is a fun, quick read that can easily be finished in just a couple of hours. Each chapter is only a few pages long and covers the supposed moon cycle for one month in a year of terror. The story centers around a small New England town that is being terrorized by the savage and violent attacks of a werewolf. Each vignette centers on the werewolf's activity for the full moon of htat month. King acknowledges that he manipulated the fall of the full moon to fit his own scheme of what dates he wanted to have events fall on and that he knows that his moon cycle is in no way accurate, but accuracy doesn't really matter in the course of the tale itself.This story is very choppy as you might imagine with all of the time in between events, but overall, the storyline itself is fairly well thought out. The idea itself is very fun and the artwork for each chapter really enhances the tale and gives an almost comic book feel to it. In some ways, this is a sort of prequel to King's later works in continuing the Dark Tower series in graphic novel form with Marvel.On a side note, it may be fairly cheesy (especially by today's standards) but I do also own and enjoy the film version of this book, Silver Bullet, starring Corey Haim and Gary (A)Busey.
smurfwreck on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really love it when Stephen King and Bernie Wrightson get together (The Stand), and this pairing is especially great. Though it's a short novel, it plays like a really long issue of Tales From the Crypt or any other of the EC line of comic books, complete with the same black humor and over the top characters. I know EC was a big influence on King and outside of the Creepshow flicks this is his best homage. This was one of the first king books I picked up when I was a kid (probably because it was illustrated) and I have to say that the picture of the slaughtered pig has stuck with me to this day.
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Aimee_Leon More than 1 year ago
An excellent werewolf tale this was. One of Stephen King’s best from the earlier years. I loved it all from the characters, setting, killings and the plot. I also loved the description of each chapter according to the moon’s monthly setting. This story was thrilling and scary. As for the movie it that was pretty good to watch. I would suggest anyone to read the before watching the movie. Since there was some changes in the movie that wasn’t in the novel, but all & all it is both enjoyable.
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Let_Us_Read_Together More than 1 year ago
Very short story. Direct and to the point. Ok book for teens. Very little vulgar language used. I liked how the book went from each of the months when it was a full moon instead of how some books have a werewolf change at any time. The only problem was that there are too many pictures and the placing of them. A lot of people have said that you shouldn't look ahead at the pictures because you will know how the story ends.... This is true but where the pictures are in each month (chapter) it should be at least one page behind because you see the picture before the incident happens.
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